January, 2020
Forest County Chamber Connection
In The News:

Are you interested in becoming more involved within your Community and the Chamber? Here is a list of Chamber Committee Vacancies:

·      Ambassador
·      Responsible for welcoming your business to the area, recognizing business expansions or improvements, and (most importantly) recruiting new members whenever possible.
·      First Impressions
·      Generates ideas and plans for improvements, as well as implements these plans.
·      Retail Holiday Promotions/Open House
·      Held to kick off and promote the holiday shopping season in Forest County***Develop County-wide shop local campaign***
·      Brush Run & World Championship Off-Road Races
·      Volunteer stations for food & beverage ticket sales
·      Visitor Guide
·      Offer input, develop and produce a high quality official County Visitor guide, which comes out on a yearly basis
·      Shank Open Golf Outing
·      Kentuck Festival & Kentuck Classic Car Show
·      The purpose of this event is to draw retail business to the area.
·      Art in the Square
The purpose of this event is to draw retail business to the area
In This Issue:
Meetings, Events & Holidays, A Word From The Executive Director, 2020 Chamber Annual Banquet, Tourism Grant Disbursements, Forest County Chamber Board Elections, Chamber Membership, Member-to-Member Services, Chamber Member Business of the Month, Leadership Forest County, Shop Local
Upcoming Meetings, Events & Holidays:

11 - 8th Annual Laona Lions Predator Hunt & Fundraiser
18 - Crandon Lions Fishoree, Community Hall, Crandon
22 - Forest County Chamber Annual Banquet, PCCH
25 - LMT Snowmobile Club Booyah Bash, Wild Rose, Wabeno
26 - 4th Annual Sokaogon Chippewa Ice Fishing Jamboree, Oak Lake
30 - Wabeno Area Players "Saving Snow", Wabeno


1 - Hiles Fishoree, Pine Lake
1 - 36th Sugarbush Sno-Mo-Wheelers & LMT Poker Run & Fun Days, Charlie's, Crandon
1 - Roberts Lake Ice Fishing Tournament
8 - Trump Lake Fishoree, Wabeno
29 - Laona Fire Dept. Silver Lake Fishoree, Laona
29 - Wabeno Area Players "The MadHatters A Cappella" Wabeno

*For a complete listing of event(s) and event flyers, please visit the Chamber Event Calendar website at Event Calendar
A Word From The Executive Director
Welcome to the return of the roaring 20's!
As we wrap up 2019 and ring in 2020, please be sure to join us as at the Annual Chamber Banquet as you journey with us down memory lane and look to the future starting a new decade of the 20's.
I am pleased to share with you that the Forest County Chamber looks forward to roaring into the 20's, breaking records and reaching milestones as we take a moment and reflect on the incredible year it has been for travel and tourism in Forest County. Festival's and events that brought people together this year and showcased what Forest County has to offer our great state of WI!
I attribute these goals to the implementation of new systems and software, awareness, collaborative efforts with our local and bordering Chambers, our residents, seasonal's and tourists.
Thank you for your partnership with us in 2019 and look forward to an exciting and prosperous 2020. The Chamber appreciates you, our membership.
Cheers to wishing you and your families a blessed New Year. I look forward to promoting Forest County's story along with you in 2020!
We've got a great year ahead of us, and we'll see you in the New Year!
C hristmas on Mainstreet - Pictures with Santa provided by the Chamber Office
Wabeno Area Players Murder Mystery Night hosted by Flowers From The Heart; UB's Northwoods Emporium
S nowmobiling the NEW trail to Waters Edge Lodge, a through trail crossing Lake Lucerene and connecting the 100 Miler and LMT 6
2020 Annual Forest County Chamber Banquet
Please join us on 22 January 2020 as we will be roaring into the 20's during the Forest County Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet 2020, held at the Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, Wabeno.

Cocktail Hour - 5:30 p.m.
Dinner - 6:15 p.m.
Program & Prize Drawings - To Follow

Forest County Tourism Grant Distribution n
The 2019 Forest County Tourism Promotion Grant Applications have been awarded to the following;

  1. Footstock (Barefoot water ski competition)
  2. Forest County Chamber of Commerce
  3. Kentuck Klassic Car Show
  4. Lake Metonga Association; Weeds "n" Walleyes
  5. Laona Rescue-Squad Souper Run
  6. Town of Hiles
  7. Town of Nashville
  8. Wabeno Area Players
  9. Wabeno Art & Music Fest
  10. World Championship Off-road Race Downtown Celebration

Forest County has many wonderful destinations, stay-cations and attractions that bring others to a place where we play, live and work, a place we call home! Forest County has become a well-seasoned County with inside, outside and both area attractions and events, something for everyone.
Theatre and Fine Arts Group Announces its 2020 Season (and it’s a doozie!)
A brief list of the season is included here, but to get the complete skinny on everything from an overview of the production andvenue to dates and ticket prices, please visit wabenoareaplayers.org, or visit WAP on Facebook at facebook.com/wabenoareaplayers. 
  •  January :  Saving Snow  Documentary Viewing (Fine Arts Series)
•  February :  The MadHatters A Cappella  (Fine Arts Series)
•  March :  Play On  (WAP Mainstage Production)
•  March :  Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre Conference
•  April :  Wisconsin Singers  (Fine Arts Series)
•  May :  Huisman Honors Recital  (Fine Arts Series)
•  June :  A Night AT The Museum  (Fine Arts Series)
•  July :  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer  (WAP Mainstage Production)
August : A Night At The Old School House
•  September :  The Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon & Mrs. Levine  (WAP Mainstage Production)
•  October :  The Special Consensus  (Fine Arts Series)
•  November Four Old Broads  (WAP Mainstage Production)
 WAP exists to entertain, to inspire, to educate, and to impact in a positive way, and we hope you’ll join us in 2020! Be sure to stay tuned as more information is released each month on upcoming performances.
4th Annual Sokaogon Chippewa Ice Fishing Jamboree

37th Annual Crandon Lions Club Fish-O-Ree

Roberts Lake Fishing Tournament
36th Annual Sugar Bush Sno-Mo-Wheelers & LMT Poker Run
8th Annual Laona Lions Predator Hunt & Fundraiser
Chamber Board Elections
Elections for officers and sector representatives of the Forest County Chamber of Commerce take place each year. Recently an email was shared and all interested parties that expressed interest in being a part of this dynamic, hard-working organization were to contact the Chamber Office.

Ballots will be forwarded and are to be received by the Chamber Office no later than Friday, January 10. The Board of Directors will meet on January 13, open the ballots and tally the results. The results will be announced at the Annual Meeting on January 14. Send your ballot in today so you don't forget!

The chamber is structured with 3 officers (President, Vice President and Treasurer), an appointed Executive Director, and 3 sector positions, each with 3 members: 1) Retail Council;
2) Tourism Council; 3) Business Professional Industrial Council. For continuity the two year terms are staggered.
FCCC Membership

5 Star Marketing, A&M Property Management, Advanced Disposal, Antigo Area Shopper, Appraisal Shoppe, Argonne Lumber & Supply Inc., Associated Bank-Crandon, Best Wash of Crandon, Best Western Crandon Inn & Suites, Big Easel, Cellcom, Century 21 Northwoods Team, Chad Swanson Agency LLC, Charlie's Lake Metonga Resort, LLC, Childers Appraisals, Connor Human Restoration, Conway True Value Hardware, Covantage Credit Union, Crandon International Off-road Raceway , Crandon Pharmacy, Crandon Water Shows, Dean Distributing, Double K, Inc Hometown Trolley, Duck's Bar, Dvorak's Docks, FC ATV Association, FCEDP, Final Touch Construction, Flannery Trucking Company, Forest Abstract Company, Forest County Advertising, Forest County UW Extension, Forest Granite Works, Forest TV & Appliance, Four Seasons Motel, Glen Park Condos Association, Gowey Abstract Title Co, Group Therapy, H&R Block, Health In Motion, Hiles Pine Lake Campground, Hotel Crandon, Integrity Realtors, Iron County Community Broadcasting, Jameson's Whiskey Darlin', Kim Swisher Communications LLC., Lakeview Loft, Land & Lake Lawn Care, Laona State Bank-Crandon, Liquor Lode & Wine House LLC., Little Pine Motel, Lotters of Crandon, Main Street Ed's, Main Street Inn, Maplewood Villa, Marco, Mecilkalski Stovewood Museum, Millian Forestry Care, Mole Lake Casino Lodge Conference Center, MSA Professional Services Inc., Naunkca LLC., Newcap Inc., Nicolet Area Technical College, Nicolet Country Club, Northern Power Sports, Northern Tees & Gifts, Northwoods Association of Realtors, Northwoods Insurance Agency, Northwoods Mobile Welding & Custom Metal Works LLC., Northwoods United Way, NRG Media LLC Northwoods, On Deck Platter, Pack Em Inn, Palubicki's Eats & Treats, Parson's Auto & Truck Sales, Piacenza's on Wabikon, Potawatomi Carter Casino Hotel, Potawatomi Traveling Times, Riepenhoffs Butternut Lake Cabins, Rustic Allure, Rusty's Wabeno Bowl, School District of Crandon, School District of Wabeno Area, Dean Schramka, Smith Sport & Hobby, Sommer Olk Schroeder & Payant LLP., Taproot Insights, Teddy G Autobody, The Crystal Bell Inn & Spa B&B LLC., The Forest Republican, Town of Laona, Town of Lincoln, Town of Wabeno, Trailside Hideway LLC., UB's Northwoods Emporium, Village Inn Laundromat, Wabeno, Area Players, Clem & Sandra Walentowski, Walentowski Builders Inc., Waste Management, Wayne Line CPA SC., Weber-Hill Funeral Home, WI Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Wally & Mary Wied, Wisconsin Public Service Corp., Wolf River Pharmacy, WXPR Public Radio, Yaeger Oil Co. Inc/Laona Machine Supply 

Your membership has value, and, as a member you are valued!
For information on becoming a member, please contact the Chamber office at (715) 478-3450.
THANKS for Renewing Your Membership This Month
Creative Screenprinting; Northern Tees & Gifts
Trailside Hideaway LLC
Chad Swanson Agency LLC
Liquor Lode & Wine House
Connor Human Restoration Inc.
Group Therapy
FC ATV Association
UW - Madison Division of Extension
Forest and Vilas County

Hello, Forest County! YOUR UW- Madison Division of Extension Office is here to bring the resources of the University of Wisconsin to Forest County. We are involved in improving the community and economic well-being of Forest County and the Potawatomi and Sokaogon Chippewa
Tribes. Take a look at your Forest County team below!

Chris Stark:
My passion is improving the economic development of Forest County. A recent example of this is helping the recently-established broadband committee meet the deadline for a grant to help get improved broadband access here. Reliable broadband is the most important element to economic development and growth for the future of Forest County. We know that this is a battle that will take a long time and we are working on it.  
I also helped acquire another grant to call on county businesses during the months of January and February. I will work with County Economic Development Director Mark Ferris and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacey Jameson to call on up to 25 businesses throughout the county to get your input on doing business in Forest County - and what we might be able to do to improve the business climate. This is for businesses of size 2- 50 employees. So, please invite us to your business. Call me (Chris Stark) at 715-479-3651 or contact the Forest County Chamber at (715) 478-3450 to ask for Mark Ferris.
 Karly Harrison:
As the Forest County Division of Extension FoodWIse Coordinator I work to empower families with limited financial resources to choose healthful diets and become more food secure by spending food dollars wisely. I expose children to new fruits and vegetables and why they are important through nutrition education at local schools and Head Start, and I also educate parents and elders how to plan and prepare healthy meals. FoodWIse also works closely with Forest County Coalition for Activity and Nutrition and School Wellness programs to support our communities in making the healthy choice the easy choice where people live, learn, work, and play. We have done this through Safe and Healthy Food Pantry projects, including healthy food drives, and through receiving two Growing Together WI grants to increase/improve pantry and community gardens in our county. 
  Michelle Gobert
One hundred years ago, Forest County was one of the very first counties in the state to introduce an Extension Agent to its residents. The role of Extension then is the same as it is today: to be an extension of the Wisconsin Idea – delivering the University to the people where they live and work - on the farm, in schools and community centers. As the Positive Youth Development Educator in Forest County, my role is to provide research-based programming to Forest County youth, as well as build the capacity of adults and coalitions in the County to develop and sustain programs in support of our youth. 
Julia Erickson:
I am the UW- Madison Division of Extension Human Development and Relationships Educator with Forest County Potawatomi. I work to increase parent/caregiver involvement, leadership, and advocacy in school, and at home, to promote early childhood academic and socio-emotional competencies and work to ensure kindergarten readiness; whilst educating on and promoting positive child and family development and strengthening family relationships through parent education, supportive community relationships, and caregiver self-care. To fulfill these efforts, I use UW- Madison based resources, including the Kindness Curriculum, pilots such as Mindfulness-based Strengthening Families Program and Champions for Family Health, and assist in the collaboration of Extension Specialists and Forest County Potawatomi community with grants to adapt culture into existing, research-based, programs such as Just In Time Parenting. 
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Leadership Forest County
Leadership Forest County is a nine-month program that will cultivate and prepare emerging leaders in Forest County. Leadership Forest County creates an awareness of services and organizations within the County, and reinforces an individual’s call to civic responsibility and citizen involvement.
Leadership Forest County meets monthly for day-long sessions, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, beginning with a kick-off and introduction and ending with a graduation ceremony. Each monthly session will focus on a specific area within the County including business, industry, medical education, government, and community service. Program activities will include touring Forest County businesses, meeting with community leadership, and completing a community project.
The program fee is $345 per participant from a Chamber Member business. Non-Chamber Members fees are $375 per participant, and will cover all expenses including the retreat, lunches for each monthly session, and program materials.
Leadership Forest County is open to all Forest County residents and/or employees of Forest County businesses. Two 50% scholarships are available, and will be awarded based upon need and candidate qualifications.
The 2020-2021 Leadership Forest County program is limited to 20 participants. To graduate, a minimum of 90% attendance is required. Absenteeism will result in being dropped from the program. Program tuition is non-refundable. 
More details coming soon!